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Video of bride and groom singing 'F*** the Pope' at Northern Ireland wedding investigated by police

Images from the video showing the newlyweds, and guests, singing the song at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus
Images from the video showing the newlyweds, and guests, singing the song at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus
Images from the video showing the newlyweds, and guests, singing the song at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus
Images from the video showing the newlyweds, and guests, singing the song at the Loughshore Hotel in Carrickfergus
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Police have confirmed they are investigating a wedding video posted to social media last weekend of a couple entering their reception to chants of "f*** the Pope and the IRA".

The PSNI said a report has been received into the incident, which sparked a torrent of angry online comments.

More than 1.4 million people have viewed the video of newlyweds Christopher 'Sid' Stevenson and Jennie Andrews at their reception in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus.

"Enquiries are continuing," the PSNI added.

The video shows the couple entering the hotel's reception room before breaking into a sectarian song to the tune of Tina Turner's hit Simply the Best while guests, including children, applauded from their tables at the celebration on October 4.

 

The song was once used as an anthem by Johnny Adair and his UDA C Company.

The video prompted the hotel's group operations director, Stephen Carson, to defend staff for not intervening.

"We are committed to providing the highest standards of customer service to all our guests irrespective of their race, colour, creed or religious beliefs," he said.

"The events that took place did so in a private room, hired by a couple to hold their wedding reception and had absolutely nothing to do with the owners, management or staff of the Belfast Loughshore Hotel.

"To the many people commenting 'why didn't the hotel manager step in and put a stop to it?' - my answer is simple - I would never ask or expect anyone who works with me to do something that I would not do myself. I would not be prepared to 'pull the plug' and risk what was a 90-second episode where no one was hurt becoming something much worse."

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